Former owners include a Belgian king and a liquor company heir

By Jennifer Calfas
October 13, 2017 11:00 AM
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Credit: Chandeliers hang over armchairs and tables as 19th century portraits in ornate frames adorn the walls of a sitting room inside the Villa Les Cedres, a 187-year-old, 18,000-square-foot, 14-bedroom mansion set on 35 acres, in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. With a list price of 350 million ($410 million), the owner, the Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA, is betting that the houses combination of history, luxury, and a prime location along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat will be enough to make it the most expensive residential sale in history. Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A luxurious mansion in the south of France is poised to become the most expensive sale of a residential home in history with a $410 million listing price, according to Bloomberg.

Built in 1830 in the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice, Villa Les Cèdre sits on 35 acres decorated with 14,000 different species of plants, a man-made pond filled with lily pads, a bronze statue of Athena and 300-year-old olive trees, according to Bloomberg. The 18,000 square-foot mansion also boasts views of Villefranche-sur-Mer near Nice and the Maritime Alps.

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Inside, the walls are decorated with portraits and a library in the home houses 3,000 books on plants, according to Bloomberg, which took a tour of the estate.

The property was purchased by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer in 1850, when it was an olive tree farm. It also was a holiday home for Belgium King Leopold II when he bought the property in 1904. After he died, the Marnier-Lapostolle family, who make Grand Marnier Liquer, owned the property, where they grew exotic plants and oranges to help create their product for decades.

In 2016, Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA acquired Grand Marnier’s parent company, thus taking ownership of Villa Les Cèdres. Campari put the property up for sale, which, at one point was reportedly listed for $1 billion — which Bloomberg reports was merely a rumor.

The property is close to others owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Weber, Bloomberg said.

The most expensive house in the United States came up for sale earlier this year at a comparatively modest $250 million. That property is a mansion in Bel Air, California, and features 38,000-square-foot, two master suites, 10 oversize ‘VIP’ guest suites and 21 bathrooms. Bonus spaces range from a 40-seat 4K Dolby Atmos Theater and a four-lane bowling alley to a massage studio/wellness spa and state-of-the-art fitness center.

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